Despite the pandemic, hundreds of thousands are marching daily in Myanmar since February 5 to protest against the military dictatorship. They demand the military junta which took over the government to relinquish its power and to release the country’s elected government officials led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Tatmadaw (military in Myanmar) imposed rigid restrictions to prevent the demonstrations. Most protests were dispersed. It also repeatedly cut the people’s internet access in an attempt to prevent the people from converging. More than 500 individuals have been arrested and three have died after being shot by the police.
The Tatmadaw launched a coup and arrested the civilian officials of the country on February 1. Many believe that this attack aims to dismantle Suu Kyi’s party and permanently reimpose absolute military rule in the country.